Jesus went out to a garden to a quiet place to pray.
In the night, a crowd came round him, led by Judas on their way.
They seized Jesus to arrest him; someone near then drew a sword.
Soon a slave was injured, suffering there beside our suffering Lord.
Jesus spoke to stop the violence: “Put your sword back in its place.”
Then he touched the slave and healed him in a moment filled with grace.
For as violence leads to violence causing more distress and pain—
So compassion in abundance Is a witness to God’s reign.
God of love, we pause and wonder: Did that slave give quiet praise?
Yet the story marches onward with the pain that it portrays.
For the One who brought such healing soon was broken, on a cross,
To our sinful world revealing violence has an awful cost.
God, the gospels bear a witness: your Son’s death was not the end.
By your grace, you raised up Jesus; sin and violence did not win.
May we work to end all suffering; lead us in Christ’s peaceful way.
May his peace become an offering that we share throughout each day.
Biblical Reference: Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-50, Luke 22:47-53 John 18:1-11
Tune: BEACH SPRING 184.108.40.206 D (“God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending”)
Text: Copyright © 2012 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.